Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve Early with Kids (NJ, PA, DE)

where to celebrate new year's eve early

I never viewed New Year’s Eve as a holiday for kids to celebrate, maybe because I’ve only had kids for a few years now.

Since mine are only 3.5 and 1.5, they will still be going to bed at 7:00 and will miss the festivities. #MeanMommy

Hell, I’ll still probably be in bed by 10:30! Maybe 11:00 since it’s a special occasion.

But if you’re a cool mom or your kids are just older and wiser and realize that New Year’s Eve is supposed to be a fun holiday, here is a list of places where you can celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids (early!) in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

Note: I’ll continue adding to this as I receive more event information, so check back again! [Read more…]

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

 25 things you don't know about me

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Want to get to know me a little bit better?

Well, you’re in luck, because the editors at US Weekly thought I was deserving of their “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” feature.

So they asked me to write it myself and publish it only on my site. (No need to look for it in this week’s issue.)

Here are 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me… [Read more…]

Fun Fridays Blog Giveaway Link-Up

Fun Fridays Winter Giveaway

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There’s still a day left to enter the huge giveaway for a $250 Amazon gift card AND to enter the Lalaloopsy giveaway. Both are listed below!

I hope everyone is almost done with their holiday shopping, unlike myself. Busy, busy weekend ahead to prepare for Christmas!

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Adoption & Keeping Siblings Together

adoption keeping siblings together

I am not adopted, nor have I adopted. 

But as a mom, the plight of so many children waiting to find a family is one that tugs at my heartstrings. 

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids, and the Ad Council have been encouraging the adoption of children from foster care with an emphasis on the importance of keeping siblings together.

Makes sense, right? A sibling might be the only constant that a child in foster care has. 

Since the launch of the campaign in 2004, more than 22,000 children who were once photo-listed on the AdoptUSKids website are now with their adoptive families and over 35,000 families have registered to adopt through AdoptUSKids.

There are currently 402,000 children in the foster care system in the United States of America and nearly 102,000 children (under 18 years of age) waiting for adoption. Approximately 23% of children and youth actively photolisted on the AdoptUSKids website and waiting for placement in adoptive homes were registered with one or more siblings. Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships for children in foster care.

“Adopting Deanta and Ranija is the most important thing that I have done in my life,” said Raenell Crenshaw, an adoptive parent who adopted her two children out of foster care.

“I am so glad that my husband and I were able to keep them together. Having a brother or sister is such an influential and life-defining relationship. I want to encourage all prospective parents to think about the importance of keeping siblings together. I am so happy that I welcomed them both into our family.” 

For more information about adoption, or about becoming an adoptive parent to a child from foster care, please visit www.AdoptUSKids.org or visit the campaign’s communities on Facebook and Twitter.

#TwinHillsSanta Spreads Holiday Cheer to Alaska

twin-hills-santa

We are right in the thick of the holiday season and I see the goodwill all around me.

Companies are hosting toy drives, neighbors drop off Christmas cookies, and even strangers at the busy stores seem to be in a cheerful mood. Well, most of them, anyway.

It’s the holiday spirit!

And even bloggers are getting into the act to create a wonderful holiday for a group of unsuspecting kids in a remote Alaskan village.

Listen to this heartwarming story… [Read more…]

52 Week Savings Challenge Spreadsheet

52 Week Savings Challenge Spreadsheet

Do you want to save a significant chunk of change in 2015?

This easy method (complete with the 52 Week Savings Challenge spreadsheet for you to print) will help you save $1,378 in 2015…just by putting away a small amount each week.

Wouldn’t that be a nice little gift at the end of next December to have $1,378?

You could use it for holiday shopping…a vacation…pay off some debt…put it towards a down payment…the possibilities are endless! [Read more…]

Week 1 Update: Drinking a Gallon of Water a Day

drinking a gallon of water a day week 1

Well, one week has passed since I started drinking a gallon of water a day.

You can read my initial post, Operation Chug-A-Lug (Drinking a Gallon of Water a Day) here.

I have noticed some subtle changes (more on those later) and I have almost gotten used to consuming this much water each day. [Read more…]

Hanna Andersson

Hanna Andersson grand opening

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Last night I had the honor of attending a special pre-Grand Opening of the new Hanna Andersson store at the Promenade in Marlton, NJ (between Athleta and Sur la Table).

To be honest, I haven’t shopped from their catalog in quite some time, but I am familiar with the brand. I even used to wear Hanna Andersson clothes as a child myself!

After visiting the store (and spending all of Santa’s toy money on clothes), however, I am now a huge fan. [Read more…]